Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Toronto Fringe review: XOXO: The Relationship Show

By Darren Stewart-Jones

Seeing XOXO: The Relationship Show was a great way to start off this year's Fringe festival. It was lighthearted, upbeat fun. It's hard not to like Franny McCabe-Bennett and Meghan Chalmers, known collectively as Two Juliets. Both women are extremely engaging and have wonderful chemistry together on stage. One imagines they are best of friends off stage as well. One of the downfalls as an audience member is wondering which performer deserves your attention more.

Sketch comedy is harder than it looks but both women drew laughs from the sold-out opening night crowd with their sarcastic yet honest portrayal of today's dating scene. Expect lots of jokes about Facebook, Tinder and Snapchat. 

Some of the sketches fell flat for me but I feel the same way when watching any episode of Saturday Night Live. Every skit doesn't appeal to every person's funny bone. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey don't make me laugh all of the time either.

The stand out moments of this show were the singing scenes, especially their ode to the "Isle of Starbuck". Check out this show, ladies and gents. Franny and Meghan might just charm the pants (or indeed, skirt) right off you. Unfortunately, I couldn't stay for the opening night free hot dogs after the performance.
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